Poet Lindsay Bernal will give a reading and book singing at Writers & Books on Friday, December 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm and will lead a master class the
following morning, Saturday, December 14 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. The Friday night reading will be free to members and $5 for the general public. The master class workshop will be $80 for members and $90 for the general public. Registration for either event can be done online, in person, or by phone at 585.473.2590 ext. 107.
A Rochester native, Bernal’s visit comes at the end of her 2019 book tour for her first collection of poetry, What It Doesn’t Have to Do With (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Bernal uses a contemporary, sometimes humorous, voice to confront serious issues and the struggles one encounters on the road to defining “the self.” The book also addresses our changing views on gender and sexuality through sculpture, painting, pornography, and performance art.
National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellow Jericho Brown remarks “The humor of Lindsay Bernal is rife with allusion to the history of American poetic
tradition and cut with merciless self-reflection . . . These poems question what we take for granted about language and the ways our own words can bind us: Darkness doesn’t descend suddenly at all.”
About Lindsay Bernal
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Lindsay Bernal holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Maryland, where she coordinates the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here & Now reading series.
Her first collection of poems, What It Doesn’t Have to Do With, selected by Paul Guest as a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series competition, was published by the University of Georgia Press on September 15, 2018. The recipient of a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a fellowship from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, Lindsay divides her time between Front Royal, VA, and Washington, DC.